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I am a long-time family-law and estate-planning lawyer who believes in improving divorce and single parenthood, but more importantly, in preventing them.


Graduated from Marshall-Wythe Law School at the College of William and Mary in 1995.

Current activities/positions:
* Fellow, International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
* Member of American Bar Association Family Law Section Committees on: International Law; Legislation; and Child Custody Pro Bono Project Advisory Committee

Former activities/positions:

* President, Collaborative Law Society (now known as Collaborative Professionals of Northern Virginia)
* Chaired committee that drafted American Bar Association Standards for Child Representation in Custody Cases
* Chair, Arlington County Bar Association Family Law Section
* Co-Chair, American Bar Association Child Custody Committee
* Court-Appointed Special Advocate, Newport News Juvenile Court
* American Bar Association Family Law Section Continuing Legal Education Committee
* Arlington County Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Committee; Lawyer Referral Service Committee
* Legal columnist and production editor for "Amicus Curiae" (a law school newspaper).
* Internships with: Staff Counsel, Virginia Court of Appeals; Public Defender, Loudoun and Fauquier Counties
* National Park Ranger


* "International Family Law", chapter in 2002 Family Law Update, Aspen Law & Business Publications
* "The Child's Attorney", in ABA Family Advocate, 2004.
* "Adoption in the 21st Century", in ABA Family Advocate, 2002.
* "International Child Custody Litigation", in The Complete Lawyer, 1999.
* Many other articles

Member of:

* International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
* International Society of Family Law
* Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
* National Lawyers Association
* American Bar Association
* Federalist Society
* Arlington County Bar Association
* Virginia State Bar
* Virginia State Bar/Virginia Bar Association Joint Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution
* Federal bar for the Eastern District of Virginia